2019 GAINER Award Finalists

The 2019 GAINER Award finalists have made significant strides in excelling at creating innovative government marketing campaigns and are at the forefront of advancing government marketing excellence. We are thrilled to honor and celebrate these superstars in government marketing. We congratulate our finalists and look forward to their continued contributions within our government marketing community!

  • Meredith Allen, Director, Public Sector Marketing, FireEye
  • Ariel Bradford, Marketing Manager, immixGroup, An Arrow Company and Marie Hill, Sr. Channel Marketing Manager, NetApp
  • Vanessa Bush, Marketing Manager, Pubic Sector, CrowdStrike
  • Ashley Cabrera, Marketing & Proposal Specialist, Preferred Systems
  • Connie Coleman, Sr. Field Marketing Manager, Federal, ServiceNow
  • Laura Curtis, Senior Marketing Campaign Leader, ViON
  • Shannon Edwards, Marketing and Communications, GovPlace
  • Leslie Griggs, Director of Marketing, Crystal Group
  • Jennifer Held, Marketing Manager, Civilian and Seabreeze Osburn, Marketing Manager, DoD, Amazon Web Services
  • Kelli Katona, Marketing Communications Specialist, Phillips Corporation
  • Tom Mahoney, Director, Demand and Marketing Operations, DLT Solutions
  • Allison Mason, Senior Director, Public Sector Marketing, Red Hat
  • Melissa McGovern, Global Lead, Industry Solutions – Public Sector, Google Cloud
  • Oliver Nutt, Head of Marketing & Communications, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Shannon Prather, Marketing Cultivator, GISinc
  • Lisa Sion, Director Public Sector Marketing, Cloudera
  • Andrew Scott, Social Media Manager, Micro Focus
  • Lisa Sherwin Wulf, Sr. Director of Marketing, Government & Education, SolarWinds
  • Brandon Shoup, Marketing Team Lead, Carahsoft
  • Josie Smoot, Director, Marketing Communications, IronBow
  • Milo Speranzo, Director, North American Marketing (Federal), Dell EMC
  • Laura Strzemienski, Marketing and Brand Manager, IntelliDyne

Join us at GAIN 2019 on Tuesday, November 12th as we announce our 2019 GAINER Award winners at our award luncheon.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Amtower, Amtower and Company

GAINER 2018 Award winners (from left to right): Robert Shea – Grant Thornton; Shelie Brooks – NetApp; (not pictured Karen Borosky – NetApp); Lesley Rogers – CenturyLink; Josie Smoot – Iron Bow; Liz Anthony – ViON; Cathy Cromley – SailPoint; David Salati – Booz Allen Hamilton; Maria Moore – DLT Solutions

Pictured: Lou Anne Brossman, CEO and Founder, Government Marketing University

The GAINER Awards

The GAINer Awards celebrate the best in government marketing across the U.S. Public Sector. Campaigns that have raised the bar with Growth, Acceleration, Innovation and Networking will be recognized. Nominations are now closed. Thank you for your submissions. We look forward to announcing this year’s 2019 GAINer Award winners!

The 2019 GAINER Government Marketing Awards includes six categories:

Lead Generation (1 award)

  • Are you performing at the top of your government marketing game? This award is for government marketers who have demonstrated a keen knowledge of implementing an approach that combined targeted marketing that increased mindshare, strengthened prospect/customer relationships and drove measurable ROI.

Social Media (1 award)

  • Are you a social media Superstar? This award celebrates the very best in government social media communications and rewards the individual who is using online platforms to communicate in fresh and innovative ways. Are you producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or other social media platforms to reach your target government audience?

Brand Awareness (1 award)

  • Have you cut thru the noise with brand awareness campaigns? Brand awareness is the extent to which your brand is recognized by potential government customers.  Tell us how you did it and how many impressions you had.  Do you have any evidence of success you’ve been dying to share with your government marketing peers?  If so, let us know by submitting for this award!

Events (1 award)

  • Set. Go! Are you the master at government marketing events?  This award highlights the government marketing superstar who has cracked the code on maximizing event investments while standing out among your competition.

Partner Marketing (1 award)

  • Have you been a collaborative Rockstar? This award showcases government marketers who have maximized budget dollars by partnering with OEM’s, VAR’s or Distributors to amplify your joint marketing efforts.  Have you exceeding all expectations with use of Market Development Funds (MDF)?  If so, tell us how you did it!

Innovation (1 award)

  • Are you pushing the limits in creativity with innovative and creative government marketing programs? This award recognizes a government marketer who has taken a unique and different approach in capturing your customer’s interest with out-of-the-box thinking.  We all crave new ways of marketing so please tell us how you truly exceeded in an innovative marketing campaign.

For Government Marketing University’s 4th Annual GAIN 2019 Conference, the premier Government Marketing Conference, will be held on Tuesday, November 12th in Falls Church, VA.  For more information, visit www.thegainconference.com.


Nominee: a person who is proposed or formally entered as a candidate for award
Nominator: a person one who nominates (if you are submitting on your own behalf this could be you; if you are submitting on behalf of your client, it’s your company name)

Thank you for your submissions. We look forward to announcing this year’s 2019 GAINer Award winners!